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U.S. Monkeypox Case Highlights Risks of Primate Laboratories: PETA Assertion


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Could 19, 2022

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Tasgola Bruner 202-483-7382

Boston – Please see the next assertion from primate scientist and PETA Senior Science Advisor Dr. Lisa Jones-Engel relating to the reported case of monkeypox in Massachusetts:

Wherever teams of animals are carefully confined—as they’re in primate laboratories and on cargo planes crammed with imported monkeys—monkeypox or different illnesses can spill over to people. Monkeypox, which doubtless originates in different species, has been present in U.S. primate laboratories up to now. Primate importation, breeding, and experimentation proceed to pose infectious illness threats—PETA has documented the presence of Chagas, malaria, tuberculosis, West Nile Virus, and different illnesses transmissible to people in primate amenities throughout the nation. In April, PETA launched proof that not less than 2,000 monkeys have been transported by way of a number of states lately with out required veterinary inspections, placing people in danger—prompting us to file a criticism with the U.S. Division of Agriculture, which the company is now investigating. Ripping monkeys from their pure houses, transport them across the globe, and confining them to cramped laboratory cages has already led to an Ebola scare and the deaths of people from Herpes B. It’s time to finish the harmful observe of experimenting on primates now.

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